Thousands of tons of fish have washed up on Iraq's Euphrates river bank this month. All dead fresh water carp and what killed them is still an open question. The government's ruled out a deliberate poisoning but are working on a theory that a combination of disease and suffocation may be the killer due to cramped conditions in fish farms.
>> Crowded floating cages and close distance between them were among the reasons, in addition to stagnant water, due to low levels of water flowing in the Euphrates coming from Turkey. As a result, the Euphrates River in these areas is has been turned into a lake of stagnant water.
This, in consequence, is called a depletion of oxygen and eventually the deaths of vast numbers of fish.>> While unconfirmed, the incident is a dramatic sign of worsening pollution and water problems in Iraq. Carp is also a part of the local cuisine, and farmers are concerned that prices could double because of the losses.
They've called on the government to compensate them. This man says ten workers on his farm are now without jobs, a years worth of work wasted. State media's say additional tests are being conducted outside the country.